Early Childhood COVID-19 Resources
We all have a collective responsibility to make sure kids are healthy, safe, and thriving – especially during challenging times. Parents and other caregivers are their children’s most important protectors and may need extra support during the COVID-19 pandemic. We encourage you to check in with caregivers and children you interact with to ask how they’re doing and what they need. Lending an ear and helping families access available supports can go a long way to keeping families well.
- Childcare Aware - Landing Spot for updated information on accessing/providing emergency childcare to essential workers and vulnerable families: http://nh.childcareaware.org/coronavirus-covid-19/
- Emergency Childcare Line: https://www.nh-connections.org/covid-19/emergency-child-care-lines/
- Emergency Childcare Map: http://nh.childcareaware.org/nh-dhhs-emergency-child-care-programs-mapping/
- Resources for Families: http://nh.childcareaware.org/covid-19-resources-for-children-and-families/
- Resources for Providers: http://nh.childcareaware.org/covid-19-resources-for-providers/
- FAQ for Providers: http://nh.childcareaware.org/covid-19-frequently-asked-questions/
Resources for Families:
- DCYF Family Well-Being Guide COVID-19
- Waypoint Warm Line: Free guidance and support for parents/caregivers. Call: 1-800-640-6486 M-F, 8:30-4:30.
- 2-1-1: Directs to all information and supports available during COVID-19. Call 2-1-1 or visit www.211nh.org
- Family Resource Centers: FRCs act as a “front-door” to services—they provide many supports directly and helpfamilies navigate to whatever else they might need. Find your local FRC at www.nhchildrenstrust.org/connect.
Financial and Other Assistance:
- Unemployment Insurance Benefits have been expanded during COVID-19: Call NH Employment Security at 603-271-7700 or visit www.nhes.nh.gov/ to assess eligibility and get further instructions, e.g. call times.
- Cash and other Assistance: For TANF and other state assistance, visit https://nheasy.nh.gov/#/ or call 1-800-852-3345. Visit www.dhhs.nh.gov/dfa/covid19-changes.htm for temporary eligibility and program changes.
Food and Nutrition:
- Food Pantries: NH Food Bank’s list of local agencies: www.nhfoodbank.org/need-food/agency-list.
- NH Food Access Map: Crowd-sourced listing of food resources during COVID-19: bit.ly/nhfoodaccessmap
- WIC: Nutrition support for pregnant women, new mothers, children 0-5. Services remain accessible by telephone only. More info: www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/nhp/wic/index.htm or 1-800-942-4321.
- Food Stamps (SNAP): Visit https://nheasy.nh.gov/#/ or call 1-844-275-3447.
- Domestic Violence Helpline: 24/7 help at 1-866-644-3574 or www.nhcadsv.org for free, confidential support.
- Crisis Text Line: Text 741741 or visit crisistextline.org for free, 24/7 support from a trained Crisis Counselor.
- NAMI: For information on a variety of crisis and mental health supports visit www.naminh.org/resources-2/covid-19 or call (800) 950-6264 M-F, 10am- 6pm. For 24/7 crisis support text "NAMI" TO 741741.
- Suspected Abuse: For help and/or to report suspected abuse call DCYF at (800) 894-5533 - for emergencies Dial 911
- NH DHHS: Visit www.nh.gov/covid19 or call 2-1-1 for COVID-19 related guidance and resources.